Today Age UK launches its General Election campaign – Dignity in Older Age (www.ageuk.org.uk/generalelection) – which aims to tackle some of the key issues that millions of older people continue to face. Things like difficulties accessing the care and support they so desperately need, living in poverty and struggling to make ends meet, and facing a later life of loneliness.
Throughout the campaign we’ll be covering some of the issues in depth, beginning with Caroline Abrahams on why having a decent income in later life is so important.
What’s the State Pension worth on average? Not surprisingly, most non-retired people don’t know, and the result is that when the ‘triple lock’ is discussed some rather important contextual information like this is usually absent.
Posted in General, General Election 2017, Pensions
Tagged Age UK, ageing society, general election, General Election 2017, Incomes, older people, pensions, poverty, Resolution Foundation, state pension, triple-lock
A guest blog from Judith Potts on a little-know condition called Charles Bonnet Syndrome, and the charity Esme’s Umbrella she set up to promote awareness of it.
My Mother was an independent lady, who lived happily on her own, enjoyed her social life and – despite her failing eyesight through late diagnosed glaucoma – completed the Telegraph crossword daily.
We noticed that her confidence was beginning to wane but what none of us knew – including her GP and optometrist – was that, as her eyesight diminished, there was a chance she might begin to see things which were not there. Her ophthalmologist could have warned us, but he chose not to do so.
Posted in General, Health, Health and Wellbeing
Tagged Ageing, Charles Bonnet Syndrome, Esme's Umbrella, eyes, eyesight, hallucinations, Health, Health and Wellbeing, Judith Potts, older people
Rachel Reeves MP and Seema Kennedy MP. Photograph: Graeme Robertson for the Guardian newspaper
Jo Cox was a doer. She became an MP to change things. She was driven by compassion and a clear sense of right and wrong which led her to get involved in a number of issues in parliament and beyond which sat above party politics: from the plight of civilians caught up in the Syrian conflict to the lonely lives of some of her constituents in Batley and Spen in Yorkshire. Continue reading
Posted in General, Loneliness
Tagged #endloneliness, #happytochat, @JoCoxLoneliness, Age UK, Age UK blog, Ageing, ageing population, ageing society, Jo Cox Commission, Jo Cox Commission on Loneliness, Jo Cox Loneliness, loneliness Age UK, loneliness and isolation, loneliness older people, older people